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Improving on the HVAC clean and check
Contracting Business
Today, an HVAC Service Agreement is not enough. Your technicians must be more interactive with the homeowner. They can't simply leave the 14/18 point check up on the homeowner's table and leave. Outside of the information your service agreement provides, your customer is more informed and in fact wants to be more informed about their home energy and comfort levels as the charts in this article display.
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Recruiting in the trade industries
Contractor Magazine
For the last three years, according to ManpowerGroup, the hardest segment of the workforce for employers to staff with skilled talent hasn't been registered nurses or engineers or even Web developers. It's been the skilled trades — the welders, electricians, machinists, etc., that are so prevalent in manufacturing and construction. Here are five things facing us as we move forward in identifying the skills gap problem as we know it.
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ASHRAE publishes supermarket refrigeration commissioning guide
Contracting Business
New from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers is the Refrigeration Commissioning Guide for Commercial and Industrial Systems. The guide is described by ASHRAE sources as the first of its kind. It provides guidance to owners and managers of commercial and industrial facilities that use refrigeration systems to help ensure that project requirements are met and owners' expectations are achieved.
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Learn more about Oil Heat Cares
Oil Heat Cares
As we move into spring more projects can finally be done. With the cold winter, our members still were able to help out neighbors in need. The OHC board is ready and willing to assist you through the process of getting a project approved.

A typical candidate is one that needs a helping hand, owns their home and because of a situation can't afford to replace a worn out oil fired appliance. To learn more about Oil Heat Cares, follow the "Read More" link.

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Fundraising for Oil Heat Cares
OESP
We will hold our annual Care to Ride on Sunday, Sept. 21. Normally we host this on a Monday but we hope that we'll get more families involved. So if you know people in the area, invite them to participate — either in walking, running, riding a bicycle or motorcycle — all to benefit Oil Heat Cares.
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Utilizing our website
OESP
Our website is a very useful tool. Try it! Most things are on the public side of the calendar so no need for username or password. But on the member side you can control your own profile. If you haven't yet activated your account, just ask us to send you that link. Then you can access all member information and resources on the site.
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White House eyes steps to curb oil, gas methane emissions
Oil & Gas Journal
The White House announced additional steps to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations as part of a broader strategy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will assess "several potentially significant sources of methane and other emissions from the oil and gas sector" this spring.

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Understanding HVACR equipment specifications: The fan tables
Contracting Business
Each equipment manufacturer provides very specific engineering data that contains the answers to questions you need answered to solve problems you face in the field daily. Let's take a look at how fan tables can reveal the source of system defects that are invisible unless you know how to plot fan airflow.

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Obama signs propane, heating oil HOS exemption bill
The Trucker
President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., that helps provide emergency relief to the ongoing propane and home heating fuel crisis in the United States.

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iPad app speeds delivery of energy efficiency benefits
Utility Products
DNV GL has launched a new iPad app that will make it easier for small businesses to participate in utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs. The Direct Install app reduces the time required for contractors to prepare and present a business-specific energy efficiency proposal. With the app, a contractor can perform a facility energy assessment, prepare recommendations for efficiency improvements and produce a proposal for the customer's decision in one visit.
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Department of Environmental Protection taking steps to keep New York City air quality clean
News 12 The Bronx
VideoBriefThe Department of Environmental Protection says that New York City air is the cleanest it's been in 50 years, but it's taking steps to further improve and maintain air quality for its residents. The agency plans to increase the efficiency of large building boilers by launching new rules on burning heating oil, and new requirements on annual tune-ups and testing to ensure boilers are up to code.
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Citizen's Oil Co-op soars
The Courant
The Citizen's Oil Co-op reported that the average home saved over $500 on heating oil since October of 2013 based on a usage of 900 gallon compared to the survey posted on the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. "More and more people are flocking to the Co-op as a means of saving money on heating oil in this never-ending winter season," said Rosie Stanko, vice president of the Co-op.
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Are your HVAC employees engaged in positive 'conversations'?
Contracting Business
The conversations that occur within an HVAC team are linked to the success or failure of an organization. Mike Moore of HVAC Learning Solutions says there are five conversation categories:
  1. The Swamp
  2. What's Wrong?
  3. What's So?
  4. What's Possible?
  5. Let's Go
Once you can swim through the swamp, conversations get progressively better. Here, Moore offers a look at how you bring negative conversations into the light of day and find solutions.

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Last-minute small business tax tips
Bloomberg Businessweek
Tax returns are due in less than three weeks. Are you procrastinating? Small business owners and self-employed individuals who wait until the last minute are prone to dumb mistakes: forgetting to sign a return, goofing up on the math or filling in the wrong Social Security number. Here are some strategies from experts to cope with the last-minute tax rush.
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